London

A Magical city 2019

London is one of those places you either love or you hate. The busy streets with people following their daily lives. The tourists, that includes me, lost and bewildered but finding new things at every turn. There is wonder and magic, theatres and museums to explore. There is also the sadness of the soldiers now forgotten and the homeless, sitting on the corner simply waiting but not sure what for. Now, simply abandoned by a country they protected..

The first things you see are those landmarks that you've always known were there, St Pauls, Trafalgar Square, The Tate Modern and the National Gallery. There are so many places to see and so many memories to make. There's always a somewhere to go, something to aim for, as place to visit. The top set of images are Rainy Day in London and did it rain. There are several in the set.

The National Galley, how can anyone not visit this amazing art venue, the history, the famous painting, to see the brush strokes that they actually made. The Tuner landscapes, Vincents madness in the depth of the brush strokes and of course Monet. There are so many different styles of work and imagination. There are some you always walk over to see, no matter how many times you've seen them before. Bathers at Asnières has a fascination in the colours and the skill of pointalism. Rembrandt the unmistakable style of the master of light. Self Portrait at the Age of 34 Sunflowers there's always a crowd around this one but how can you not wonder at them. The Fighting Temeraire by Turner. you can disappear int he depth of the paint and blends of colours. There are so many more. On every visit you see something new to inspire the imagination.

Trafalgar Square, taken from the steps of the National Gallery, I came out of The National Gallery and it was heavy rain but this created a gift of reflections of the busy people running to get out of the rain. This famous site always has some fascination. The people and performers interacting, The music of unknown faces and bewitching songs and melody while the lions look on if only they could tell the stories they've seen.

St Martin's in the Field beautiful building and a place of worship. There has been a church on the site since at least the medieval times. The earliest record for the church is from 1222, but there's been a grave found from about A.D. 410. This building was constructed from 1722–1726 and designed by James Gibbs. . The church is one of the visual anchors adding to the open-urban space around Trafalgar Square. You are drawn in to its passing community, hearing the skills and passion of musicians that play their magic. Follow the music and walk up the steps.

The Tate Morden, It is based in the former Bankside Power Station which closed in 1981. Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art which opening in 2000. My favourite part of The Tate is the Tanks, they have very special feel to them. Art not to be missed Gormley Man , and the Rothko Galley. Once you've seen the exhibitions and had good food and coffee, then it's time, to look at the building it's self, the enormity of the turbine hall and shapes of the introduced concrete, intimate corners and of course the textures.

For those who worry about these things between 14 - 27 layers for these. Set of 8 images in total.

An Additional set taken on another visit to London when attending the Master of Print Opening.

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